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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States.

Number one New York Times best seller 

Watch the Emmy-nominated Netflix original documentary

Oprah’s Book Club Pick

NAACP Image Award Winner

One of Essence’s 50 most impactful Black books of the past 50 years  

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America - the first African American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.

©2018 Michelle Obama (P)2018 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

“A serious work of candid reflection by a singular figure of early-twenty-first-century America... Becoming is refined and forthright, gracefully written and at times laugh-out-loud funny.” (Isabel Wilkerson, The New York Times Book Review)

Becoming is inspirational without trying to be. From the first words, the very warmth that permeates its author emanates from the pages.... Becoming manages to be a coming-of-age tale, a love story and a family saga all in one. More importantly, this book is a reminder that America is still a work-in-progress, and that hope can be an action word if we allow it to be. Becoming is a balm that America needs, from a woman America does not yet deserve.” (Angie Thomas, Time)

“Deeply personal and refreshingly honest... She’s thoughtful, humorous, bracingly revealing, and when it’s time, she does us all the favor of showing us the human side of a man worshipped by so many.... It’s human and genuine and welcoming to see the layers of humanity she holds open.... Michelle Obama’s story can maybe inspire you to find a path for your own story.” (Shonda Rhimes, Shondaland)

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I tried so hard to love this book...but couldn't..

I was so excited about this book, but after listening for about 2 hours I gave up---the utopian childhood, coupled with seemingly an endless amount of perfection (school, home, life) I stopped. I am partial to finding a kin to people's greatness and flaws---the flaws make it real and demonstrate the life we all truly live. I think Michelle Obama is amazing--I think this book made me feel less than perfect in comparison and therefore made me stop listening. It may actually be her real life was that perfect and that is amazing, it just didn't hold my attention or make me hope with her and care about her....

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A great book for working mothers to inspire hope

Michelle Obama is a great writer and really conveys a hopeful message to all mothers that it is okay to be very educated, and climb the ladder, and want to take care of your own children, and marry hardworking overly ambitious men, and it’s also ok to be optimistic that everything will work out just fine. I related to her on so many levels, which was surprising as a Canadian mother of two with no real political background. I heard her ambitions, frustrations, and life goals and felt so much authenticity in her voice.

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Such an amazing human being.

Lovingly written and narrated. Smart and funny. Such a fierce and focused woman. Refreshingly candid. Everything I hoped for. Not only a good role model, but love the resilience and strength in the face of adversity.

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Could not finish.

I don't understand why the book was written. I found it uninspiring and left me confused about why all the hype. Not for me.

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Saddening

I was actually saddened by this book, in how a person can view the world and her circumstances as negatively as she does. I'll account but one example here.

The first section of the book details her growing up in a two-parent middle-class home in the 1970's, in the United States. She accounts how the piano she took classes on was not tuned properly, and there may have been some broken keys, which she realized after playing later on a nice grande piano shortly after.

It is simply amazing that people before us set up a system of strings of particular length and thickness, aligning them in such a way for them to play particular tones at a keystroke, ordering them by semi-tone. It's amazing that people would develop a skill on top of that, to arrange the playing of notes in such a way as to create music with their hands off of those strings. It's amazing that people further developed a system of language to music, and that people before her birth designed musical pieces for others to play and to practice. The very fact that she was able to play the piano at night, with electricity, puts her above almost all humans in history in terms of opportunity and privilege.

Instead of seeing any of that and being grateful, she ends that section by pointing out how - she imagines - some of the other children probably had better pianos than she did, that they were probably tuned closer to that grande piano than hers was, and probably didn't have broken keys. Thus, she probably had less privilege than other people did, and for this we should really take note.

I really did view pianos that way (the positive way) when I was a kid. Heck, every day I was in continual amazement at how many things people set up for us. I was amazed that a stranger actually comes to our house every week to take our garbage away forever. I was amazed at the idea of a television. I didn't have access to a piano as she did, but their very existence on this earth was amazing to me, and I was grateful to be in a world where such things even existed.

I strongly urge potential readers not to learn from this person. There are far better ways to look at life than through the dance of mimetic desire, looking for crisis and scapegoats in the form of oppressors. The one value in this book is that she seems unaware of this condition of her character, giving us a brutally honest exposition because she does not know to guard it.

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About BECOMING

This beautiful story is told so personally by this magnificent, “ordinary” woman.
I learned so much listening to it; about Chicago, where I, too grew up...more than twenty years earlier than Michelle. I learned about the evolving city; a thousand things I never knew or understood.
I have a new appreciation for the stories we all carry and how imperative it is to tell them. Michelle describes the many ways of becoming; that we’re never finished or finite— changes weave
backward and forward in our stories to give us more choices—better choices. Spending all these hours absorbing all she offers has been the greatest privilege. I miss hearing her talking to me already. Perhaps one of the most important gifts to me in hearing this is a new respect for—a new understanding of optimism. It’s not something we stand around waiting to feel — it’s something we grow and give.
Thank you Michelle. ❤️🤸🏿‍♀️

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Boring book with unnecessary details

Bought the book to learn about the life of Michael Obama but didn't know she would give such tiny details which are not even important such as her 3rd grade classmate full name. She goes on to tell her story with such details the entire time which gets really boring. Struggled to finish it. Not worth listening to if you want to know her inspiring story.

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Brilliant First Lady, Brilliant Book

If you want to read this book to learn more about Barak Obama, don't. You will get some insights into the man's character and his story from the perspective of a loving wife, but that's anout it. This not what the book is about.

Mrs. Obama describes her journey and her family's journey eloquently and honestly. She shares enough to show you a glimpse into her life, but not so much as to endanger her family's privacy.

Throughout the book, I felt that I am listening to a brilliant mind, to a Harvard educated lawyer, to a loving wife and to "The Mother in Chief". Always compassionate, grounded, reasonable and caring.

My only gripe is that I wish the narration would have been done by a professional narrator. Mrs. Obama does great, but it could get a bit monotonous at times.

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Amazing read

I could not stop listening! Michelle’s voice, amazing story of resilience, drive and confidence are truly admirable. This is one of my favourite all-time reads (made WAY better by listening to her tell her own story).

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Intimate and inspiring

Michelle Obama invites us through an honest, candid tour of her life, proving that she is a remarkable person, yet very human. I will look for more to come from this woman as she still has so much to share. Thank you for sharing your story so far.

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  • Cheerioh
  • 2019-05-04

Génial, passionnant, tellement éclairant

Je me souviens de mon plaisir à savoir qu'un homme noir avait enfin atteint les hauts sphères du pouvoir, je me souviens d'avoir apprécié le caractère exceptionnel de son épouse. C'était un vrai bonheur de la découvrir dans cette autobiographie, lue par elle qui plus est.

Le couple Obama est exceptionnel, nul doute après la lecture de ce livre audio. Je n'ose imaginer leur déception à l'arrivée putride de l'autre, l'erreur de parcours. Elle l'évoque à la fin, ça donne la nausée.

Le livre raconte son parcours à elle évidemment, petite fille de milieu très modeste, avec un père handicapé très courageux, sa rencontre avec Obama, leur vie de couple, l'éducation de leurs enfants.

J'adore son franc parler, même quand elle évoque les sacrifices consentis pour la carrière de son mari, les doutes, les frustrations. Elle évoque son engagement en tant que première dame.

Sa lecture est touchante, dynamique.

Non mais quelle bonne femme ! Un vrai modèle !

J'adore, je recommande. En plus on découvre les petits secrets d'arrière cuisine de la maison blanche, c'est très divertissant.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-07-11

Don't judge on the beginning

inspiring book which offers a different perspective. I stopped after the first chapters, but then picked up the listening again and DO NOT REGRET at all

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  • Pimpao
  • 2019-05-31

bof

raconte une vie d'abord en solo, puis à deux avec Obama.... sans aucun intérêt sauf pour des gens qui veulent savoir les petits détails

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-01-22

Amazing !!

I feel so empowered after this book. It made me reflect on many aspects of life and was both fun and educational. Thanks for sharing your story, Michelle!!

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  • Melissa Corlulu
  • 2021-03-12

Imspirational -

love that Michelle reads her own book -
it made it that much more gripping.
I cried at least once in each chapter - not only sad tears, happy ones too.
The Obamas were the change we needed in the US, such shame that the American people can't come together as one and we are so divided.

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  • Marie-Lou
  • 2021-02-24

Témoignage intéressant

Cette autobiographie de Michelle Obama est un témoignage intéressant sur la société états-unienne à notre époque. Le texte tire en longueur, ce qui est dommage. Cela étant, l'entendre lu par l'auteure elle-même est un vrai plus.

  • Au global
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  • mattcyusa
  • 2021-02-22

Inspiring and mind opening

This book is an inspiration for every mother who wonder how to balance career and family, what sacrifices and choices to make. It's an inspiration for every woman of a minority. An inspiration for every woman who wants to make a difference but feel the confidence. And it's a mind opener for every human being on humanity and how politics should be, from the perspective of the humble wife of the most powerful politician who had to organise and sacrifice her whole life to support her husband make the world a better place, despite what she wanted. A true lesson of humility.

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  • Eleanor
  • 2021-02-16

Like a friend

Like a friend who tells us her story, like an active philosopher, like a positive, generous and cheerful woman, Michelle Obama brings us into à bigger playground.

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  • Estelle Follet
  • 2021-01-24

Loved it

The voice is calme, and the story interesting, sometimes funny, other times sad.

I didn't expect to love an autobiography, but here we are

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  • Kaspar Weimer
  • 2021-01-19

High hopes = kind of disappointed

Very well read and written, and the story is cool but I thought Michelle was a Hero on her Own.

Lots of gossip about kids and clothes and media...

I expected an outstanding first lady but not that much...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-03

Whew. What a story.

From the South Side of Chicago to the WHITE HOUSE! Whew. Let that sink in. As a black woman, this book moved me differently than any other book I’ve read in recent memory. Letting me know it’s ok that I’m still “Becoming” and that I have the right to enter any space I want to! I loved Mrs. Obama before, but I was introduced to Michelle Robinson Obama and I love her even more. She read her own story like she was talking directly to me and I loved that. It was like sitting down at your Auntie House and she was telling you all tea over a good glass of wine! I’m so thankful for her sharing her story and being so open and honest about it all. What a story!

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  • Diana New York
  • 2019-09-20

Exquisite!

I love this book, I loved the story… It was so raw, and authentic and compassionate and beautifully written. Thank you Michelle Obama for all that you do and all that you are and for opening your door.

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  • Chic
  • 2019-11-03

Very well written and read.

This book opened my eyes to a lot of things. I’ve always had mad respect for the Obamas but this heightened that respect. Michelle Obama is very open and transparent in this book.

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  • marchdreamer
  • 2019-01-10

Beautiful and everyone should read this!

I love listening to Michelle Obama share in her own voice her story! I feel strongly that everyone regardless of race or gender should read this book. Thank you Michelle for sharing your authentic voice with the public!

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  • Melissa Rose
  • 2019-10-08

Definitely worth an Audible credit

Well, heck!! How am I supposed to go out writing a review for a masterpiece like ‘Becoming.’ I truly feel that I cannot do the book justice.

To put it simply, I loved this book!!

As a storyteller, Michelle was perfect; her warmth, intelligence, and straightforward manner of speaking all carried through as she described her childhood experiences all the way to her two terms as Flotus. I couldn’t help but feel an immense sense of admiration as she detailed some of her struggles.

Furthermore, as a listener, it was fascinating hearing the stories that helped Michelle become who she is today. I will admit that being the nosy person that I am, I particularly enjoyed her behind-the-scenes account of living in the White House. However, it was all amazing.

Overall, I find it difficult to write a more detailed review simply because I loved everything about this book. I laughed in parts, got teary-eyed in others, but mostly, I got a feeling of hopeful energy from this book. I doubt that there is one person that wouldn't benefit from reading 'Becoming' regardless of political affiliations as, despite being involved, this biography isn't explicitly about politics.

I give this book full marks and would not hesitate to recommend this book, especially for those of us who could use a little hope in these grim times.

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  • Heather H. Trow
  • 2019-12-03

Absolutely stunning

Everyone should be required to read this one. It’s just so beautiful and such an important reminder of life’s lessons. She has so much to share, some funny, some sad. Very very wonderful book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-05

Boring

I was excited to listen because of all the good reviews and it being a best seller. Besides, I love autobiographies. in the begging I wasn't hooked right up, and I tried too many times to continue but it just isn't worth it. I don't understand the reviews that give it 5 stars, are we listening to the same book? Save your time and money. I'm sad the time has passed and I cant returned it...

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  • Dusty duke
  • 2020-05-12

Garbage

I had high Hope's for this book. Blowhard and long winded. don't waste your time or money

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-04

Boring

I was totally disappointed. The subject
Material was too concentrated on her childhood.

Also felt it was incredibly negatively.

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  • Kris
  • 2020-05-02

Overrated

This book was definitely overhyped.
I wish there was the option to trade in or get refund.

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